Museums in Kerala

The people of Kerala are proud of their golden history which has paved the way for a prosperous and progressive future. A number of museums in the state showcase the various aspects of the civilization such as the social, cultural, literary and artistic development. These museums are not only noted for the exhibits on display but also the architecture and the designing of the very buildings are parts of their allure. Some famous Kerala museums are:

  • Ambalavayal Museum: Located 12 km south of Sulthan Bathery (98 km from Kozhikode) is the Ambalavayal Museum which exhibits the clay sculptures, ancient tracing instruments such as bows and arrows and stone weapons and other rarities of the 2nd century AD.
  • Hill Palace Museum: The Thripunithura Hill Palace Museum or the Hill Palace Museum is the residence of the royal family of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. It showcases 14 classes of exhibits such as painting masterpieces, Kerala murals, stone and plaster of paris sculptures, holographs, etchings, carvings etc. The museum is a storehouse of priceless treasures and artifacts.
  • Krishna Menon Museum: The Krishna Menon Museum is an enshrinement of the personal belongings and souvenirs of the former defense minister and President of India Shri. Krishna Menon. It is a dedication to the loving memory of this dignitary who brought fame to this native land of his.
  • Kuthiramalika Palace Museum: Built into the Kutiramalika Palace of Trivandrum City, the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum immortalizes the essence of Kerala heritage and has a vast collection of the Travancore Royal Family's prized possessions, musical instruments and arms of warfare.
  • Museum of Kerala History: The Museum Of Kerala History, located at Cochin, traces the natural history of the state through light and sound shows of life like figures depicting the eminent figures and personalities of the state.
  • Napier Museum: The Napier Museum is also a major tourist attraction of the city of Thiruvananthapuram. It holds on display a vast collection of prized stone sculptures, wood and ivory carvings, handicrafts and a collection of the Chera, Chola, Pandya coins. The ancient sculptures and artifacts of this museum are a major draw.
  • Pazhassiraja Museum: Located in the beautiful city of Kozhikode, the Pazhassiraja museum is named in loving memory of Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Kottayam royal family. It exhibits the famed Kerala mural paintings, bronze statues, old coins, temples models and authentic masterpieces by Raja Ravi Varma.
  • Priyadarshini Museum: The Priyadarshini Museum of Trivandrum is a scientific sojourn into the world of astronomy. It also houses a planetarium and holds regular shows of the heavenly bodies, the stars, planets and the cosmos.
  • Sree Chitra Arts Gallery: Famous paintings by masters of the art such as Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich and Svetlova Mughal, Rajputs artists, Tanjore paintings and canvasses from Japan, Tibet, China, and Bali are on display in the Shree Chitra Art Gallery, Trivandrum, and a treasure trove for art connoisseurs around the globe.
  • Science & Technology Museum: In the capital city, Trivandrum is located the famous Science And Technology Museum and traced the strides made in the fields of Science, technology and electronics with the help of models.

Last Updated on : 23/07/2013